Ever since I returned from Stones River, I’ve been looking forward to those first days of May and the Chancellorsville events. Yesterday, Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park posted the schedule of events. Please download their PDF for the full listing. There are five straight days of events, plus a few special events in the days that follow. Here are some of the highlights:
Wednesday, May 1 - Real-time tours focused on the first day of the battle. Bus tour requires RSVP, and runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Other guided tours on the Civil War Trust First Day battlefield start at 1 p.m. The day ends with at the site of the “cracker-box meeting” on the Old Plank Road, with program from 7 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 2 – More real-time tours, these focused on Jackson’s march and flank attack. Bus tour, again from 9 a.m. to noon, requires RSVP. Walking tour, starting at 2 p.m., at Wellford Farm. Jackson’s flank attack tour at 5 p.m. The day’s activities close, at 8 p.m., with a walk where Jackson received his mortal wound.
Friday, May 3 – Day starts at 6 a.m. with a five hour walking tour from Hazel Grove to Fairview. Follow on tour starts at 10 a.m. at the visitor center and dovetails into the next tour of the Chancellors Tavern area, ending around 12:30 p.m. The tours then shift to Fredericksburg for “This time the Yankees win” tour in Fredericksburg starting at 2 p.m. The last tour of the day is at Salem Church from 4:30 to 5:30. Starting at 6 p.m. Central Virginia Battlefields Trust holds their annual meeting and dinner, featuring historians Gary Gallagher and Robert Krick.
Saturday, May 4 – There are many activities and events throughout the day to include kids activities and artillery demonstrations. The “big” event for us sesquicentennialists, though, will be a walk of the entire route of Jackson’s attack – four miles total – starting at 12:30 at Tour stop 8.
Sunday, May 5 – The ultimate Chancellorsville bus tour … all day with Frank O’Reilly and Greg Mertz visting “unusual sites on the battlefield.” RSVP required.
Other events include a May 9 candlelight tour at the Jackson Shrine and a May 10 bus tour of Jackson’s last days.
Hope to see you out there in the field. But as with the other events, I’ll update those who can’t make it by Twitter.